Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Mobile network balloon sparks UFO scare


Posted on Wednesday, 26 June, 2019 | Comment icon 6 comments

Loon aims to provide Internet access to rural areas. Image Credit: YouTube / Project Loon
Residents of Butler County, Ohio were left perplexed earlier this month by a giant white orb in the sky.
The object, which was spotted floating eerily through the heavens above several townships in the area, was met with puzzled glances from locals and prompted several UFO reports on social media.

As it turned out however, the object was actually a special type of balloon used to help extend the reach of mobile network coverage in to areas where Internet access isn't readily available.
The firm responsible - Loon LLC - is owned by Google's parent company Alphabet.

The balloons are placed high up in the stratosphere and users can access the network - which offers up to 4G speeds - using a special antenna attached to the outside of their building.

Just how many of these balloons the company intends to launch however remains unclear.

Source: Cincinnati.com | Comments (6)

Tags: UFO, Loon

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Robotic Jew on 26 June, 2019, 19:02
Or is this just what they WANT us to think?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Stiff on 26 June, 2019, 19:09
I know someone who will still be convinced it's an alien craft.
Comment icon #3 Posted by sci-nerd on 26 June, 2019, 19:16
ET's phone bill got too big, so he's trying a new approach.
Comment icon #4 Posted by AllPossible on 26 June, 2019, 19:36
Wonder how high they go up... I also wonder if the FCC will allow people to use their cell phones on a airplane because they're wouldn't be any ground network interference. I assume these balloons are floating cell phone towers that probably hover way above a commercial airliners altitude. Still a interesting concept.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Trelane on 26 June, 2019, 23:23
A balloon was misidentified as an alien spacecraft? Hmm, now where have I heard that before???
Comment icon #6 Posted by Minimalists on 26 June, 2019, 23:49
I will take Roswell for a $1000 Alex...


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6589204
275406
182588

 
BBC film crew was held at gunpoint at Area 51
11-11-2019
Comedian Andrew Maxwell and his crew once had their own harrowing experience near the secretive facility.
Video of a fish with a human-like face goes viral
11-11-2019
Unnerving footage of a carp with distinctly human-like facial features has recently emerged on social media.
Geneticists propose human/tardigrade hybrids
11-11-2019
Combining tardigrade DNA with our own could one day improve our ability to survive for long periods in space.
Mercury set for rare transit of the Sun tomorrow
11-10-2019
This spectacular celestial event, which only happens a few times per century, will be visible for 5.5 hours.
Stories & Experiences
The houndsman
10-26-2019 | Michigan, USA
 
Birthday balloon
10-26-2019 | Usa
 
Devil man in a suit
10-26-2019 | Ohio
 
I accidentally called myself ?
9-28-2019 | United States
 
Giant wolf in my basement
9-28-2019 | Connecticut
 
I saw a shadow figure...
9-26-2019 | Australia
 
A haunting in Iowa
9-26-2019 | Central City, Iowa
 
Oddest thing I've ever seen
9-19-2019 | Kentucky
 
The blanket tugger
9-19-2019 | QLD
 
Unknown flash
9-19-2019 | GA
 

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
How lasers work with Neil deGrasse Tyson
Posted 11-11-2019 | 0 comments
The popular astrophysicist is joined by comedian Chuck Nice.
 
What is the scariest thing ?
Posted 11-8-2019 | 5 comments
We all have fears, but what can be considered the single scariest thing ?
 
48 hour blizzard time-lapse
Posted 11-7-2019 | 2 comments
This footage shows 31 inches of snow accumulating over the space of 48 hours.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2019
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ